After a short hiatus we are back with our newest Couple of the Week. This couple has some amazing advice on how opposites can really make a relationship work and how to handle some tough situations. Read their amazing love story and get inspired!
Mena & Tyler
Ages: We are both 19
Status: Dating for 2 years 3 months and 7 days
How did you meet?: We met in eighth grade, I just moved to Conneaut and started school. We had gym class together. I instantly liked him and we became friends. We went through eighth and freshman year being friends off and on because neither of us had the courage to tell each other we liked the other. Sophomore year he went to a Digital Academy and I didn’t see him or talk to him that whole year. Our junior year we both decided to go to a tech school. The first day of school we rode the bus together and he sat in front of me. We started flirting all the time. Finally homecoming rolls around and he gets the guts to ask me to go with him. After homecoming we started hanging out and going and doing things together and after a few weeks he bought me flowers and asked me to be his girlfriend.
When did you realize you were in love?: The moment I believe we truly fell in love was just a regular day I was over at his house and we out in the yard with his younger sister playing. That was the first time we truly opened up to each other and fully let each other in.
What qualities in each other make you a good match?: We don’t really have that much in common, you could actually say we are just about complete opposites. But we take turns letting each other enjoy the things they love, letting the other show us what they love and why they love it. He comes to my dance recitals every year, I watch horror films and listen to his music with him. We may be different but we accept each other for who we are.
What is your perfect date night?: Honestly we aren’t much for going on fancy dates, we go out once in awhile but what’s perfect for us is we make dinner together, we eat, and we just settle down with some movies and snacks together, maybe play some Xbox for a bit we just enjoy the company of each other.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a couple and how did you get through it?: We have been trying to move since after graduation. But Tyler quit his job because a girl was sexually harassing him and the boss would not do anything about it because it was her friend, then I found out I had to have knee surgery so I lost my job, my work had a fit about me missing work for surgery. We had a lot of stress on us for a while between not having jobs and money and that girl at his work trying to get him to leave me. But we got through it by supporting each other and finding new jobs. He was really there for me when I had my surgery and that means a lot me.
What is one thing you would like to improve about your relationship?: I think we need to work on telling each other when things bother us. We don’t always tell each other what’s bothering us, not wanting to burden the other with our problems that have nothing to do with the other. But we are in it together and should rely on the other when needed.
What advice would you go back and give yourselves when you just started dating?: We would definitely have told our past selves to save more money so we could have moved sooner.